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GENERATION LOSS

Ian Cheng, Emissary in the Squat of Gods (2015)

Durchsichtiges Akustikglas für simultanes Sehen

Wolfgang Tillmanns, Heartbeat / Armpit (2003)

Douglas Gordon, Over my Shoulder (2003)

Foto 5: Bruce Nauman, Walking in an exaggerated Manner around the Perimeter of a Square (1967)

Anniversary – 10 Years of Julia Stoschek‘s collection

The anniversary exhibition “Generation Loss” in Dusseldorf is a vitreous firework of video artistry. On two floors of a factory the British artist Ed Atkins installed acoustic glass walls, so visitors can experience several videos at the same time, without the sounds overlying each other. There are almost no seating accommodations. You stroll through the vitreous glass cells within this spectacle of projections is happening. So everybody experiences their very own movie. There are no mechanical players, tube TVs, not even LED- screens, only projectors. All the attention is on the moving pictures.

The title of the exhibition “Generation Loss” has a double meaning. For once it is the process of degradation of quality when videos have the be more compressed and copied more often caused by the new technology. Also the degradation of quality happens through social climber from one generation to another. The analogy of data loss and change in society.

Atkins has chosen about 700 videos, 16mm-films and digital videos from 48 works. “We have plenty of losslessness”, says Atkins in the exhibition report. So many times in life we can’t hold on to things we have experienced. Relationships, observations and emotions would just vanish. These films though are trying to capture and preserve that. Right at the first vitreous cell on the left “Hail the new puritan by Charles Atlas is shown and right next to it you can watch Wolfgang Tillmanns’ “Heartbeat / Armpit” (2003). The hairy armpit could belong to the young dancer in Atlas’ movie. Both movies show very private and intimate moments. The same for the movie “Over my Shoulder” by Douglas Gordon (2003), which is playing a couple of rooms down the hall. Seen a violent game planed by a male hand one a white bed sheet.

Julia Stoschek has been collecting video artistry threatened by technological change for ten years.  Is that a problem we are getting rid of with digitalization? Her collection covers more than 850 pieces and around 250 artists mostly from Europe and the US. Additionally to the exhibition halls in Dusseldorf there is a temporary exhibition in Berlin since 2016.

“Generation Loss” runs until July 29th 2018. The last chance to see this amazing video exhibition is at the DC Open on September 8th and 9th.

 

 

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